All of the physical plant is high class. The rooms are great, well designed and well furnished. The location is awesome and it has 5 top notch pools. So swimming in the ocean is not that critical, although the beach one basically has to oneself. The tide here goes out a long way, which makes for interesting exploring, and it exposes quite a lot of rock in front of the hotel that discourages swimming.
The staff are very friendly and all try to speak a limited amount of english, though they all appreciated our attempts at Spanish.
My main complaint was on the food pricing. I thought it was way too high for what we received, although all the restaurants are well designed and comfortable. And the wait times were a bit too long.
I was dismayed that at such a pricey property, there was only some cheap kayaks to use/rent and only on Friday. There were no bicycles to use/rent, nor any other sport/leisure time activity that one coud use. They need a walking path that could take a loop of some sort with some signage so one doesn't get lost, (which would be very difficult as the hotel can be seen from town). Perhaps that was because the hotel also owns the Gamboa Tour company, and they wanted you to use them for any off-property time-expenditure.
All the pool jockeys and servers were great. Kudos to them all
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The personification of the destination: Where natural serenity meets industrial glamour - Westin Playa Bonita Panama is strategically located alongside the Pacific Ocean, on a mile long stretch of golden sand on Playa Bonita Beach, surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, and a quick 20-minute drive from the metropolitan capital of Panama City. Nestled alongside the stunning Pacific Ocean, The Westin Playa Bonita is near celebrated sites like the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks and just a 20-minute drive from Panama City, the exhilarating capital of the Republic of Panama ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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